Five Common Types of Injuries After Car Accidents
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Oct 25, 2016 in Car Accidents
Car crashes can result in many kinds of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises to severe injuries like concussions and internal damage.
These are the five types of injuries most commonly associated with car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Injuries to the face. Facial injuries can occur when a collision causes a driver's head to hit the windshield, dashboard or steering wheel. Hitting these objects can cause lacerations, bruises and fractures. Some of these injuries can cause long-term problems with a victim's jawbone and teeth.
- Back injuries. These include broken ribs, herniated discs, and strains and sprains. Severe back injuries can be very painful and cause long-term disabilities.
- Spinal cord trauma. Car accidents can cause discs and ligaments to damage spinal cord tissue. Sometimes these injuries can destroy important nerve cells, causing numbness, tingling, muscle weakness or paralysis in the arms, legs, feet, hands or other parts of the body.
- Neck injuries. These types of injuries are common in head-on collisions and rear-end collisions. Common neck injuries include sprains, strains, temporary vocal cord paralysis and whiplash. Severe neck injuries include fractures and cervical dislocation.
- Brain and head trauma. Violent blows to the head from the dashboard, airbag or other parts of a car can cause various types of injuries, from concussions to bruising, bleeding, skull fractures, hearing loss and vision problems. In severe cases, victims suffer long-term cognitive problems or end up in a coma.
If you were involved in a car accident and suffered any of these injuries, you should seek medical treatment immediately. After your injuries have been stabilized, contact our car accident attorneys for a free legal consultation.
If your accident was caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for physical, emotional and financial damages.